If there’s one thing that’s hot in Hollywood right now, it’s nostalgia. Comcast’s (NASDAQ: CMCSA ) Universal Pictures is in the process of casting Jurassic World, a new entry to the 21-year-old “Jurassic Park” franchise, while Sony (NYSE: SNE ) has confirmed that it plans to move forward with the long-suffering Ghostbusters 3. Even “Jem and the Holograms” and “He-Man” have film adaptations in the works. So what’s next on the nostalgia bandwagon?
A sequel to The Goonies, if director Richard Donner is to be believed.
Goonies never say die
When asked by TMZ whether he planned on doing another comic book movie, Donner (who also directed Superman: The Movie in 1978 and is considered by some to be the father of the modern superhero movie) answered, “If you call Goonies a comic book. We’re doing a sequel.”
Rumors of a “Goonies” sequel have been making the rounds for years, with both Donner and various members of the original cast periodically commenting on it. It’s understandable why they would be interested in returning — The Goonies was not only a financial success (earning around $61.4 million in the domestic box office on a budget of $19 million), it has also developed a cult following in the nearly 30 years since the film’s release.
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- [By Paul Ausick]
Big earnings movers: Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) is down 12.9% at $18.90 after a decent earnings reports was spoiled by a weak outlook<<LINK>>. Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) is up 46.6% at $10.69 after beating estimates on EPS and revenues, raising its outlook for the third quarter, and posting a new 52-week high of $11.20. Aeropostale Inc. (NYSE: ARO) is down 20.2% at $8.76, following a new 52-week low of $8.66, after a big earnings miss.
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- [By Jim Jubak]
Among stocks that are available to US investors through a listing in New York, the list includes Ctrip.com International (CTRP), China’s biggest online travel retailer; Qihoo 360 (QIHU), a leading mobile security company; 58.com (WUBA), the Craigslist-like operator of a classified site, and SouFun Holdings (SFUN), the owner of China’s biggest real-estate site.
- [By Rick Aristotle Munarriz]
Shutterstock/Andrey Burmakin Folks are turning to the Internet more and more in planning business trips and personal getaways — and investors are cashing in on the trend. Shares of Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) soared 18 percent last week after posting better than expected quarterly results. Revenue climbing 4 percent and profitability clocking in at 5 cents a share may not seem very impressive, but analysts were settling for the volatile travel portal to merely break even on flattish revenue growth. Strength in its hotel bookings were more than enough to offset weakness in airline reservations. Orbitz Worldwide’s larger and faster-growing peers priceline.com (PCLN) and Expedia (EXPE) went along for the ride, climbing 7 percent and 4 percent respectively. They both went on to hit new all-time highs. Seeing an industry laggard start to grow profitably again — and Orbitz Worldwide is calling for modest continued growth into 2014 — was enough to get the market behind the popular providers of lodging, air travel, car rental, cruise and vacation package reservations. This isn’t just a one-week phenomenon. Priceline and Expedia shares have soared 174 percent and 171 percent since the end of 2011. Orbitz Worldwide has also more than doubled in that time, and it’s up a whopping 223 percent since the start of 2013. The Ins and Outs of Inn Outings Orbitz Worldwide’s report would have been better if it wasn’t held back by an 11 percent decline in airline ticket sales. Priceline and Expedia are growing their airfare sales, but modestly, compared to their hotel reservations. This isn’t a surprise. Airlines have done a good job of marketing directly to passengers. There are a lot of people on frequent flyer programs, so they often head directly to an air carrier’s website when it’s time to book a trip. Pricing is also pretty competitive between airlines. There may not be a lot of carriers offering the desired route, but they are quick to respond to what rivals are doing. Th
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The Mint Corporation is a vertically integrated prepaid card and payroll services provider with its own ATM network, payment processing platform and branded card product, including microcredit, mobile top up and money remittance services delivered seamlessly to workers globally. The Company operates through Mint Middle East LLC (MME), Mint Capital LLC (MCO), Mint Global Processing LLC (MGP) and Mint Electronic Payment Services LLC (MEPS). MME is a payroll card services provider facilitating an automated and secure payroll system to employers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). MGP is an integrated third party processing platform and operates as a third party transaction processor to be based in the UAE. MCO manages the microfinance product in collaboration with Mawarid Finance PJSC. MEPS was formed to operate the business assets acquired from ePAY, a division of Global Business Systems for Multimedia. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Rahul Chattaraj]
Ford Motor (F) announced on Wednesday that it would start working with two U.S. universities to initiate research for driverless cars. The carmaker has teamed up with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to work out ways to overcome “technical challenges” surrounding this segment.
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- [By Paul Ausick]
One Nasdaq stock posting outsized gains today is Clean Diesel Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTI) which is getting a share price boost of 68.85%. The company announced that it will begin shipping emissions control systems’ catalysts to Honda in the first half of this year. The stock will close at around $4.82 in a 52-week range of $1.10 to $7.39 (the high was set today and was nearly double Monday’s closing price of $2.83). Volume was about 36-times the daily average of around nearly 525,000 shares traded.
- [By James E. Brumley]
Did you miss today’s 123% pop from Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDTI)? If you didn’t chase it higher after the bullish gap left behind at the open, then good for you – you made the right choice. As tempting as CDTI looked then (and still does), the bulk of any near-term gain here has already been realized, and there’s no real point in jumping on the bandwagon now. Fear not if you missed the big move from Clean Diesel Technologies though. There’s another, smaller name playing the same game, and you won’t have to pay a fortune for it just to take a big risk.
- [By Bryan Murphy]
Look out Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDTI), and Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI), you may want to take notice too. Little HydroPhi Technologies Group, Inc. (OTCMKTS:HPTG) is about to make a big splash in your pool, which could make life very difficult and much easier (respectively) for the two of you. How’s that? In simplest terms, all signs point to HydroPhi Technologies’ diesel efficiency working quite well, saving those who use it money, while simultaneously saving the environment.
- [By CRWE]
Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:CDTI), a cleantech emissions control company, will be a presenter at the 3rd Annual Craig-Hallum Capital Group Alpha Select Conference. The presentation is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the Sentry Centers in New York.
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- [By Charley Blaine]
Among the losers: AIG, down 6.9 percent; gold-miner Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM), down 4.7 percent; and homebuilder M.D.C. Holdings (NYSE: MDC), down 1.37 percent.
- [By Rich Smith]
Upping MDC Holdings to buy
Before moving on to the bad news, let’s start with some good. Investment banker KeyBanc Capital Markets thinks that in view of the broad strength in housing stocks lately, it’s time to revisit the sector, take some winnings off the table, and move a bit of that money into stocks with perhaps a bit more potential to keep growing. It’s choice today: MDC Holdings (NYSE: MDC ) .
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Insulet Corporation, a medical device company, engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of insulin infusion systems for people with insulin-dependent diabetes in the United States. The company offers OmniPod Insulin Management System (OmniPod System), which consists of the OmniPod disposable insulin infusion device and the handheld wireless personal diabetes manager to provide diabetes management solution for people with insulin-dependent diabetes. It is also involved in the distribution of durable medical equipment, including blood glucose testing supplies, insulin pumps, pump supplies, pharmaceuticals, and other products for the management and treatment of diabetes. The company sells its OmniPod System directly to patients through referrals from healthcare professionals and through patient leads, as well as through third-party distributors; and delivers durable medical equipment to endocrinologists, insurers, and clients. Insulet Corporation was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts.
- [By Rich Smith]
This series, brought to you by Yahoo! Finance, looks at which upgrades and downgrades make sense, and which ones investors should act on. Today, our headlines feature a pair of downgrades for document storage company Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM ) and insulin treatments-equipment maker Insulet (NASDAQ: PODD ) . But the headlines aren’t all bad, so before we break the bad news to you, let’s start off on a bright note about…
- [By James Brumley]
And just for the record, theme-based buyout speculation doesn’t improve your chances of picking an acquisition target. Back in 2012 after Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) bought Amylin for control of its diabetes pipeline following the purchase of Neighborhood Diabetes by Insulet (PODD), pundits were sure it would spark a wave of other diabetes-driven acquisitions. Those other M&A candidates began getting bid up, but as it turns out, no more meaningful buyouts materialized in the diabetes space.
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Regal Entertainment Group, through its subsidiaries, operates a theatre circuit in the United States. The company develops, acquires, and operates multi-screen theatres primarily in mid-sized metropolitan markets and suburban growth areas of larger metropolitan markets under the Regal Cinemas, United Artists, and Edwards brand names. As of February 13, 2012, it operated 6,614 screens in 527 theatres in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Regal Entertainment Group was founded in 2002 and is based in Knoxville, Tennessee.
- [By Marc Bastow]
Theatre exhibitions and movie house operator Regal Entertainment (RGC) raised its quarterly dividend 4.7% to 22 cents per share, payable March 14 to shareholders of record as of March 4. At more than 4.60%, RGC is the highest dividend yielder of this week’s dividend stocks.
RGC Dividend Yield: 4.62%
- [By Sue Chang]
Regal Entertainment Corp. (RGC) : The stock of the theater chain company is up 39% year to date.